He had been benefiting from Mo Williams' injury and has been getting some much need playing time. He is a natural slasher scorer at the guard position, he can get to the free throw line but needs to work more on his shot. I think he is a stud and he just needs more playing time, same with Kanter and Favors. What do you think his best and worst case scenario is.
Worst case for Burks is that Mo Williams comes back healthy and loses himself in the rotation again. He needs to continue playing to gain experience and develop his jumper as you pointed out. Also, I know he's listed at 6'6, but he looks 6'4 on TV.
Measured 6'5 without shoes with a 6'10 wingspan, you on widescreen?
i always thought that dude was so overated. but his teamate favors is a future all star mark my words
Keep in mind that he was a pg going into college so he has ballhandling and playmaking ability. Best case I can see becoming a James Harden type without the shooting.
I was thinking middle man's James Harden too cause of his ball handling and slashing ability.
Just needs to develop his jumper
Wait are we talking comparisons or situation with the team?
His game time has simply been too limited to know how good he is. I see potential, but he's still an unknown commodity at the NBA level.
Shooting: So far his shot looks bad--but the sample size is so small and inconsistent it's far from conclusive. Also, his shot selection is below average. With a more consistent role on the team I could see both issues improving. Thus far he's received sparse minutes--and the minutes he's received have been split between time at the 1, 2 and 3. He's never had the opportunity to establish his natural shooting spots/methods at the pro level.
Dribble Penetration: His slashing ability is elite, but if no one respects his shot, it's only a matter of time until he's guarded in ways that nullify this skill. He really needs to prove he can shoot.
Passing: Seems to have limited court vision, though again, the data set is too limited. With such sporadic time on the floor, it's hard to know if his passing will improve with experience in a significant way.
D: His D was horrific during his rookie season, but has been well above average this season. He has the athleticism to be an elite defender, though it was never demanded of him until this season. His fundamentals are improving rapidly.
For the Jazz Burks is best as a PG. He doesn't pass very well, but he's a good ball handler and adds a powerful slashing element to the attack. Plus, he's big for the position and provides excellent D on opposing 1s. He also combines nicely with Hayward at the 2, who becomes the primary facilitator when they play together.
In the long run Burks could potentially become a starting 1 or 2, stay his entire career as a backup at either position, or become a combo off the bench. We just don't have enough data to know yet.
Jeremy Lamb has also looked bad in less minutes but no ones jumping to conclusions that he's no good yet so wait till Burks gets time and I bet he proves worthy of where he was taken.
Burks looks brilliant at times but tends to make some bad decisions. Long 2 point jump shots and driving into heavy traffic are problems for him right now. He does have all the tools, just needs to put it all together.
He's the same Alec Burks. Until he addresses his weaknesses, the same he had in college, he's not going to develop more as a player.
If he develops his J and continues to work, I think he could be similar to DeMar DeRozan who despite not having much of a 3, he has worked on his mid range game and can hit that pull up 15 footer on top of the key. I think a guy like DeRozan is his ceiling 15-17 ppg on a bad team or slightly less for a better team as a 2nd or 3rd option.
Worst case, he's the player he is today and has been since he stepped on an NBA court. A slasher with good length and height without a lot of strength, but not much more who can give you 15-20 minutes as a backup.